Soul rock artist Amelia Ray releases 'ON', her sixth independent studio album. -- California-born, Madrid-based soul rock multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/composer Amelia Ray unveils her first Spanish studio project. The album, entitled' 'ON', will feature brand new rock, reggae, pop and gospel compositions, as well as a surprising cover track from Otis Redding. Recorded and produced exclusively by Ray at her 'Out of 3 Sigma Studios' in Madrid, the album is a veritable aural candy store. Each song stands alone as a potential single or as an ideal track for use in TV, film or commercial. Included are the gospel tune, 'Eldoret', based on the violence in Kenya ('This has the trappings of another genocide'), the classic rock cooker, 'The Arsonist' (an imagined conversation between a photojournalist and his model, a man who is burning himself alive - inspired by a newspaper photo) and the doo-wop of 'Blackberry', a song about the dangers of using your PDA (personal digital assistant) of the same name to cheat on your lover. Also included is a reinterpretation of the Otis Redding ballad, 'Cigarettes and Coffee' as an upbeat duet. 'I wanted to rock the song out a bit, and make it much more playful - like Tammy and Marvin singing about onions,' she says. Ray released her first self-produced album in 1993. Her 2005 release, 'Music for Autistic People' featured Steely Dan recording and touring guitarist Jon Herington. And her 2001 release, 'Mr. Gibson Scores Again' (dedicated to Negro Leagues baseball player Josh Gibson) continues to make waves - in February 2008, the hit single 'Who's'yerdaddy' made #1 on Neil Young's 'Living With War' charts, and is frequently one of the Top Ten songs on Artist Underground.com's Jazz Charts. 'ON' is Ray's sixth independent studio release. Ray played all guitars, some bass, sang lead and backing vocals, and recorded and mixed the project. Invited musicians include Spain-based musicians Mari-José Estivariz (bass), Alejandro Nieva (saxaphone), Jorge Perez (drums), David Starlight (vocals), and French rapper Yoshi. Ray's compositions have been featured in films such as the German documentary Schwarzenberg (2007), and the powerful film about forgiveness, 'A Killing in Choctaw' (2004). Her version of 'Long Time Ago' was recently included on the Sensory Lullabies: A Tribute to Jellyfish compilation.
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